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Resources company employs inexperienced women during skills shortage

Mineral Resources trainees
Mineral Resources trainees

A mining service provider is hiring females with little-to-no industry experience amid continuing challenges in finding enough workers.

Mineral Resources Limited (MRL) recently welcomed at least 17 women to multiple operations in the Pilbara, Goldfields-Esperance and Yilgarn regions.

Trainees will spend the next three months gaining practical operational experience at the Iron Valley, Mount Marion, Koolyanobbing and Carina mines.

‘Vast majority’ stay on

MRL claims its Entry Level Operator Program is a great success in inspiring new talent “without previous industry experience,” because the “vast majority” of participants stay in the job.

“We are also proud to welcome our second all-female intake, with many of our recruits having previously worked across roles and industries including retail, administration, education, and police and prison services,” the company said in a public statement.

“[They] are now paving exciting new career paths in the resources sector.”

‘Shortage’ delays work

MRL recently revealed a skills shortage across its operations forced it to postpone delivering huge volumes of iron ore each day since the beginning of 2021.

“MRL has experienced haulage constraints caused by a shortage of truck drivers resulting from the unplanned sudden state border closures, implemented following COVID-19 outbreaks around the country,” the company said in its March quarterly report.

“This shortage has meant that, on average, hauling capacity of approximately 10,000 wet metric tonnes otherwise available to MRL was sitting idle.”

MRL also experienced production setbacks due to crusher conversion work, “abnormally high” weather delays, wet ore constraints, and both train delays and cancellations due to a bushfire near Kwinana.

Apply now

The following positions have been advertised:

  • road train loader operators (multiple positions)
  • dump truck operators (multiple)
  • all rounder operators (multiple)
  • civil plant operators (multiple)
  • grader operators (multiple)
  • dozer operators (multiple)
  • drillers (multiple).

Click here to apply.

Successful applicants will be offered either permanent or casual work. Roles are residential or on a fly-in fly-out roster of either three weeks on one week off or two weeks on one week off. Competitive wages, five weeks of annual leave, superannuation, accommodation camps, meals and facilities are promised.

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